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Hildebrandt, Shai and Louive collect Senior National titles on Friday night

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Oct. 09, 2020, 10:30 p.m. (ET)

Photo of Lauren Louive in the 57 kg finals. Photo by Jim Thrall, MatFocus.com.

CORALVILLE, Iowa – Three women were crowned champions on Friday night to wrap up the first day of the 2020 Senior Nationals in Coralville, Iowa. Only three women’s freestyle weights were contested: 50 kg, 53 kg and 57 kg.

The most dramatic final came at 57 kg, where National Team member Lauren Louive trailed Xochitl Mota-Pettis, who was having a phenomenal tournament, defeating two-time World silver medalist Alli Ragan earlier in the day.

Down 8-6 with just 13 seconds, Louive hit a massive head lock and earned the fall for her first national title.

In the 50 kg finals, 2018 World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt faced Amy Fearnside, a fellow U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center athlete. Fearnside was fresh off perhaps the biggest win of her career, defeating two-time Senior World medalist Alyssa Lampe in Friday’s semifinals.

Hildebrandt cooled down Fearnside’s red hot day with an 8-0 victory for her second national championship, thanks to three takedowns and a leg lace.

Experience proved to the difference maker as National Team member and freestyle vet Katherine Shai dominated Cadet World champion Ronna Heaton, collecting five takedowns for a 10-0 early in the second period.

It was Shai’s first Senior-level national title.

Women’s freestyle competition continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT with the remaining three weights. Catch all the action live on FloWrestling.org.

Women’s freestyle finals results

50 kg
1st - Sarah Hildebrandt (NYAC) df. Amy Fearnside (Titan Mercury WC), 8-0
3rd - Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids) df. Samara Chavez (Spartan Mat Club), 10-0
5th - Stefana Jelacic (Sunkist Kids) df. Emily Shilson (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club), injury def.
7th - Charlotte Fowler (Unattached) dec. Trinity Rios (Florida Jets), 9-0

53 kg
1st - Katherine Shai (Titan Mercury WC) df. Ronna Heaton (Sunkist Kids), 10-0
3rd - Alisha Howk (Sunkist Kids) df. Amy Golding (Curby 3 Style Wrestling Club), 10-0
5th - Arelys Valles (Grand View WC) df. Victoria Smith (Unattached), 15-4
7th – Camille Fournier (Spartan Wrestling Club)

57 kg
1st - Lauren Louive (NYAC) df. Xochitl Mota-Pettis (Rise Wrestling), fall 2:47
3rd - Alli Ragan (Sunkist Kids) tech. fall Deanna Prince (Panhandle WC), 10-0
5th - Ngao Shoua Whitethorn (Twin Cities RTC) df. Vayle Baker PA (Twin Cities RTC), forfeit
7th – Jasmine Davis (Panhandle WC) df. Kiarah Cantillo (unattached), 10-0

Women’s freestyle semifinals results

50 kg
Sarah Hildebrandt (NYAC) df. Emily Shilson (Titan Mercury WC), 10-0
Amy Fearnside (Titan Mercury WC) df. Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids), 6-5

53 kg
Katherine Shai (Titan Mercury WC) df. Amy Golding (Curby 3 Style WC), fall 1:45
Ronna Heaton (Sunkist Kids) df. Alisha Howk (Sunkist Kids), 8-2

57 kg
Xochitl Mota-Pettis (Rise Wrestling) df. Vayle Baker (Twin Cities RTC), fall 2:07
Lauren Louive (NYAC) df. Ngao Shoua Whitehorn (Twin Cities RTC), fall 0:29